How Cover Songs Can Change Your Life

What can cover songs teach about finding your best path forward? Watch Barron Ryan explain how they helped him move past a harsh rejection, and how they can help you too. Barron Ryan has spent his entire career figuring out how to engage audiences with music almost no one listens to. He quickly realized that while classical piano and satirical hip-hop may be tough to sell, everyone loves a great story. Barron earned a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Oklahoma, but after getting rejected by all the graduate schools that might impress you, became determined to blaze his own trail with music in which—as he puts it—Classic Meets Cool. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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